Cidade de Goiás celebrates today 20 years of the title of World Heritage

From 6 am, Vilaboenses heard a dawn with a military parade

Published in 14/12/2021 - 09:49 By Agência Brasil - Brasília

On the banks of the Red River, in the historic city of Goiás (GO), 140 km from Goiânia and 320 km from Brasília, 87-year-old Ana Luísa Guimarães fulfilled a lifelong dream this week. She and her family, who live in Anápolis (GO), visited the “world”, the city, the street and the house where a famous namesake lived, the writer Anna Lins dos Guimarães Peixoto, known as Cora Coralina. Ana Luísa made the trip on the occasion of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the title of World Heritage to the first capital of Goiás, a municipality that was formed as the passage of the gold cycle.

From December 14 to 16, 2001, the city was partying when it received news directly from Helsinki (Finland), of the 25th Unesco Conference, that the place would become a World Cultural Heritage Site. Twenty years later, the population of Vilaboense (the adjective goes back to the origins of the place Vila Boa de Goiás) of about 25 thousand people remembers, with celebrations starting this Tuesday (14), the novelty, legacy and responsibility that the title brought about. .

From 6 am, the city heard a dawn with a parade of military and civilians through the streets of the historic site. From 11:00 am, another tribute event takes place at the Santuário do Rosário, to remember the title. The celebration carried out by the Biapó Institute (which is intended to preserve the memory of the place) and the Casa de Cora Coralina Museum has musical appeal.

The day before the party, 55-year-old piano tuner Julio Soares Dias took care of every detail so that every note echoed without any problem. With a tuning fork (fork-shaped piece), it synchronizes the sound. “In this city, there are 19 pianos. People here love art. It's very gratifying to be able to collaborate in some way”. At the time of the event, he watches the presentations attentively. "I'm like a Formula 1 mechanic who is ready for any eventuality."

For the coordinator of Instituto Biapó, cultural producer PX Silveira, the city's residents are immersed in a scenario in which it is necessary to preserve culture. "Anonymous poets, musicians and producers really see themselves as part of this achievement."

At night it will be the opportunity to check the lighting for 10 tourist and historical sites to give visibility to these landmarks. Also on Tuesday, the International Environmental Film and Video Festival (Fica) begins, with 65 works (to be shown in person and also on the internet). The show runs until the 19th.

The city breathes the moment. The bridge that leads to the Cora Coralina Museum was painted and illuminated. House owners have opened the doors for visitors to get to know the inside. Workers take care to cut and clear the bush. Among them, João Conceição, 56, who works in weeding. In addition to the service, what really makes his eyes sparkle is when he talks about his activities as an artist: he acts as a farricoco in the Holy Week fire, dances the congada and catira. “It is part of our soul to act”, he says. Moved, he regrets that the worst moments of the pandemic took away his chance to star.

Those who live in the City of Goiás know that the dossier that raised the level of the place had pillars in culture, architecture and the environment. "The houses are famous, but the great heritage is in the people here", says the secretary of culture, Raíssa Coutinho.

For the secretary of Tourism, Rodrigo Santana, the actions that eliminated the mines in the 1980s and the awareness of the areas of environmental protection in the mountains that frame the city, were fundamental for winning the title. “The challenge now is to ensure that the city is protected. Before the pandemic, there were around 500,000 visitors a year. "We are resuming activities". For municipal managers, it is necessary to train citizens from the school so that they have a sense of belonging.

At the film festival, this belonging will be illuminated on the screen with films also by local directors. Geography researcher João Dorneles, 24, shows on Wednesday, in a short film, the history of the formation of a quilombola space in A rua do chupa osso , in the 18th century. “It's our place. We need to tell our stories.”

Law professor Silvana Beline, 56, filmed, in a documentary, the story of a peasant worker (Rosângela Piovesani) who became an active university student. The film "Purple Spring is 72 minutes long. "It's a very big responsibility to bring her story. But it makes me very happy. Art pulses here", he guarantees.

Text translated using artificial intelligence.

Edition: Valéria Aguiar

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